Birchgrove Tolya Taigovich
This lovely red boy joined us for an afternoon raking leaves. His leash, hidden among the Maple leaves, does not show.
Photo: Tom & Meredith Lundberg
Over the past ten years we standardised saliva testing for adult Siberians and developed methods to measure the Fel D1 allergen in kittens.
We test some, but not all of our litters. We may have one or two extremely low kittens from a mating, with kittens in a litter may ranging from low to high. Testing identifies kittens suitable for homes with allergies
Large scale testing (over 400 Siberians cats/kittens were studied by Siberian Research, Inc) showed roughly half of Siberians have reduced levels of Fel d1 allergen, and only 15% had very low levels.
If you are considering a Siberian because of allergens, please read our discussions on allergies.
We are a small cooperative of Siberian hobby breeders, with several females. Our kittens are raised in the house with lots of daily attention, and are exceptionally gentle with children.
Siberians tend to be large cats with nice personalities, lovely voices, and make wonderful companions. They roam the house as members of the family. Crumpled pieces of paper and cat toys are often scattered around the floor. Before putting on shoes, it helps to check them for fuzzy mice and other toys.
Many of our kittens live in homes with moderate to severe allergies. The term "hypoallergenic cat" is often used to describe Siberians ~ though somewhat inaccurate.
Our average wait time for a kitten in the lowest ranges is 6-12 months. Kittens with the lowest two allergen levels, Extremely Low and Very Low are usually suitable for people with the most severe reactions. Folks with less severe cat allergies do fine with kittens with higher allergen levels. For more information, see KittenTesting.com
We prefer initial correspondence by e-mail, and respond promptly. Calls and visits from families with reservations are encouraged. If you would like more information, or would like to request a reservation, please let us know.
TICA ~ The International Cat Association - Cattery #15672
CFA ~ Cat Fanciers Association - Cattery #211793
ANSWERS TO A FEW COMMON QUESTIONS
Are Siberian cats hypoallergenic?
There are large variations within the breed, but some Siberians cause little or no allergic reactions. Our breeding cats have tested low for feline allergen levels. As a breed, Siberians usually cause lower allergic response than other cat breeds, but the levels vary by kitten. If you are allergic to cats, please read our “Allergies” page, and then feel free to contact us for more details.
What about secondary Allergies?
Families with a history of horse/rabbit reactions or egg allergies should be careful bringing a cat into the home.These are the result of secondary reactions to cats, and again, are explained in detail in our Allergies webpage. About 80% of individuals with horse/rabbit or egg/meat allergies will show some reaction to low-Fel d1 Siberians, though not all will be severe.
What about visits to the Cattery
We allow a limited number of visits for allergen reasons. Folks on our wait list are always welcome to make an appointment to come visit the kittens.
Why choose a small home cattery?
Cats imprint between two and eight weeks of age. During this period they need considerable daily physical contact with people to become affectionate pets and to lose their natural fears. Many cage-raised kittens lack interaction with people, and have unpredictable behaviors.
Can kittens be shipped?
We prefer kittens are picked up at the cattery if possible. When needed, we are willing to ship within the United States for $300 - $350 which includes for airfare, carrier, rabies vaccine and flight certificates.
What is your health guarantee?
We have selected our breeding cats from lines with low genetic health risks. Our cattery is free from FIP, FelV and other contagious diseases. Prior to leaving the cattery each kitten will received a veterinary exam and will be certified free of disease and parasites. Kittens are sold with a one-year warranty against genetic and congenital disorders.
Are the kittens registered?
Kittens will be registered with TICA or CFA. Formal papers for pet kittens will be held until neutering requirements are met.
When are kittens neutered?
Studies on early neuter/spay are very comprehensive and show there are no real adverse effects. In allergic homes, we recommend neutering males at three to four months and spaying females by five or six months.
How are males and females different?
Adult female Siberians are smaller than males, averaging 9 to 14 lbs. Adult males weigh 12-18 lbs. There is little difference in behaviour or affection between neutered males and females. Once neutered, males make wonderful companions and do not spray. Low allergen males have similar allergen levels to low allergen females. We are often asked about male cats spraying. In our experience, neutered males do not spray.